Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Geoffrey Hill, often hailed as Britain’s greatest poet, dies at 84

From The Washington Post-

Geoffrey Hill, recognized as one of the foremost English-language poets of his time, who disdained the prevailing style of confessional poetry, choosing instead to use his forceful, solidly built verse to examine age-old moral and historical concerns, died June 30 at his home in Cambridge, England. He was 84.

His death was announced by Emmanuel College of the University of Cambridge, where Mr. Hill had taught, and by his wife, Alice Goodman. The cause was not disclosed, but he had a history of heart ailments.

Mr. Hill announced his uncompromising arrival on the poetry stage in 1959 with the opening lines of his first book, “For the Unfallen”: “Against the burly air I strode / Crying the miracles of God.”

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